THE LOVING BALLAD OF CAPTAIN BATEMAN By Joseph Wilde
The writer Joseph Wilde and musician Tim van Eyken's play is a modern love story based on a very old folk song in which a noble lord goes abroad, lands in prison and falls for the gaoler's daughter. In the play, Captain Bateman is badly wounded in Afghanistan. Sofia and her father give him shelter and succour in accordance with pashtunwali, the code of honour and hospitality. But when Bateman inconveniently refuses to die they face grave danger from the Taliban for harbouring him and from the British army for keeping him prisoner.
Captain Bateman Nicholas Murchie
Sofia Zarghuna Kargar Sofia's Father Haroon Yousofi Holly Sarah Thom Sgt Gilbert Ben Crowe Pte Richards Pieter Lawman Pte Scott Tim van Eyken Pte Jones Will Howard Joanne Eleanor Crooks Derek Adam Nagaitis Coach Driver Adam Nagaitis
Director Julian May
Original music by Tim van Eyken. Afternoon Drama 13 December 2012